F1 IS BACK IN SILVESTONE

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With British driver Jenson Button currently leading the Drivers' World Championship and Lewis Hamilton returning to Silverstone as reigning World Champion, the atmosphere and the incredible support shown by the British fans is guaranteed to be awe-inspiring.

Jenson is on his way to win a memorable 2009 F1 Championship and there is not a lot of competition out there to stop him. This could be not only the last Silverstone F1 GP but it could also be the last GP in the UK, in its original meaning, looked after by the FIA. The contrasts between the Federation International Automobile and the FOTA, the Federation of the Teams is getting tough and there is a chance that next year we will see a brand new Championship, governed by the teams themselves. The budget cap to forty five million euro, proposed by Mr Max Mosley, President of FIA, seems to be the reason of friction.

The last ever British Grand Prix at Silverstone promises to be one of the biggest sporting events of the year, and fans can expect three days of first class entertainment as the circuit celebrates its rich and illustrious British Grand Prix history. Headlining the timetable of off-track entertainment will be the ever-popular Grand Prix Party, which has become synonymous with the British Grand Prix as the ultimate post-race party for drivers and fans alike. The on-stage line-up currently includes a host of past and present F1 legends ranging from Britain's latest star driver, Jenson Button, to former World Champions, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and Damon Hill OBE.

The Grand Prix Party has been hosted by Silverstone over the years as a way of thanking the fans and providing them with a rare opportunity to get close to the drivers, while they enjoy music from a host of live bands. In 2008 more than 20,000 fans stayed behind for this renowned Grand Prix celebration, held in the centre of the circuit and accessible to all race day tickets holders. Topping the bill this year in terms of live music will be the highly acclaimed 'Counterfeit Stones'.

NEW for 2009, there will also be an F1 driver signing session on the Saturday afternoon where 250 lucky fans will be able to obtain autographs from the majority of current F1 drivers. In order to attend this exclusive signing session, fans should visit the Entertainment Zones at Copse and Stowe on Friday and Saturday of the event, where competitions will be taking place throughout each day giving spectators the chance to win a place at the autograph session.

In celebration of the British Grand Prix and its heritage as one of the most treasured events on the Grand Prix calendar, Silverstone is also proud to be displaying a unique photographic exhibition. Pictures from three of the UK's leading photographic agencies - LAT Photographic, Getty Images and Sutton Images - will be brought together to represent some of the most iconic British Grand Prix moments at Silverstone, with images ranging from the 1950's through to 2008.

In addition, the Red Arrows display team will be flying over Silverstone on race day.

Giant screens will be situated around the circuit, enabling fans to keep up to speed with all the on- track action which, in addition to the F1, will feature racing from the GP2 Series, Formula BMW, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and the Silverstone Historic Saloon Car Challenge.

Don’t miss the race. It will be live on TV at 16h00, Dubai time


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